The Arrawarra Beach stone structure: Another perspective

22nd November 2013

Fish taxa identified from the Arrawarra I midden (published in Australian Archaeology 51:68).

Fish taxa identified from the Arrawarra I midden (published in Australian Archaeology 51:68).

Deborah Vale

Introduction*

The Arrawarra Beach stone arrangement is located on a rocky platform at the southern end of Arrawarra Beach, approximately 30 km north of Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. The identification of the structure as an Aboriginal fishtrap has been controversial’ over the last 20 years, its status as an Aboriginal site having changed over time, and numerous lines of evidence have been proposed to settle the issue (Campbell 1978; Coleman 1980; Godwin 1988). Godwin (1988) suggested the analysis of material from an associated midden might provide evidence of the structure’s origin and use. Recently, two historical accounts of the use of the structure as a fishtrap by Aboriginal people have been reported (Heron 1994) and further oral evidence has been collected from the Garby Elders (Somerville et al. 1999). In this report I will focus on the analysis of an archaeological fishbone assemblage from the Arrawarra I shell midden (Vale 1998) which has now also provided substantive evidence with which to reassess the structure’s status.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Vale, D.
The Arrawarra Beach stone structure: Another perspective
December 2000
51
67–68S
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